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By Diane Maye
Special Contributor to In Homeland Security

After the fall of Mosul in June 2014 to the Islamic State, the Iraqi government formalized a program under the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) to quickly integrate militias into Iraq’s security apparatus.
By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Correspondent for In Homeland Security

In Garland, Texas, two jihadist gunmen on an FBI list opened fire on a crowd with assault rifles while wearing body armor at an event Sunday. Law enforcement officials told The New York Times that the event was a place to gather and share cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.

By LTC (OH) Deano L. McNeil, MPA, MCP
Special Contributor for In Homeland Security

The United States government and the governments of the states and territories utilize a multi-tiered military and emergency management force structure to prepare and respond to issues pertaining to homeland security and domestic military operations. This force structure includes active and reserve federal military forces, the United States Coast Guard, National Guard forces, state defense forces, and state emergency management agencies.